Monday, April 28, 2014

Hey girl, what's your sign?

  I always  used to think astrology was a bunch of b.s. and that it had not merit. I don't believe too much in horoscopes themselves because I find them general and relative to any situation but what I do find interesting are the star signs and how they describe the persons attributes born within that time period. I find mine to be hauntingly accurate, almost down to a T. What if the way the stars and planets align within the set time periods of the year and the energy they put out have an effect on that person. Maybe, our inner energy is pulled and shaped by the planets and stars around us and the way they interact with each other. They say Pisces is ruled by Neptune and Jupiter, perhaps the way these two planets pulled and orbited at the time of my birth or the Pisces birth, helped shape some of my inner characteristics or at least the way my energy flows. It can't just be a coincidence that most people are bizarrely explained by their star sign.
Let me break it down. This description is thanks to astrology.com, I removed a few redundant sentences so that you weren't reading a novel, but what is left, I think is very important in explaining a lot of my tendencies.

Pisces is the twelfth sign of the zodiac. These folks are selfless, spiritual and very focused on their inner journey. They also place great weight on what they are feeling. Yes, feelings define Pisces, and it's not uncommon for them to feel their own burdens (and joys) as well as those of others.

For a long time, I used to think or felt like I had to portray that I was very unemotional person. I felt like it was weak to be emotional but I don't know if it is the fact that I tried to block it out when I was younger, that it now has become so strong, or because I'm getting older so I'm feeling more emotional or if that's the way I always was.The fact remains that I am an extremely emotional person. Whenever I'm involved in an argument or someones sad, I immediately feel bad either about myself or for them and it's very hard for me to focus when I feel like an energy is off. Unfortunately this is bang on and I'm working on  being a little more selfish about my feelings and needs because at times others feelings can completely consume me.

The intuition of the Pisces-born is highly evolved. Many people associate Pisces with dreams and secrets, and it's a fair association, since those born under this sign feel comfortable in an illusory world.
Pisces are fluid and easy-going. Pisces alternate between reality and non-reality in keeping with their introspective natures; their voyage between consciousness and an unconscious dream state says much about their intuitive, almost psychic natures.

Intuition, I wouldn't say I have intuition but from the earliest of ages I could always feel energy so maybe call that intuition? I remember being a child and talking to the wind, thinking it was my friend (I'll get into that in a later blog lol) but again with the emotional nature of a Pisces, I think our emotions are guided by "intuition" or the feeling and guidance of energies.
I 100% float in between reality and dream world, it doesn't take much for me to get lost in a thought or path of thinking. I can have one thing happen to me and I will think out a whole life for that thought from beginning to end. Like, let's say if I sold something for $100, all of a sudden I will create a reality in my head where the $100 has decreased some debt and then I will think about what else I can sell and for how much and how long it will take and voilĂ  I'm out of debt. The thought will take a life on it's own but more often then not I am brought back to reality by disappointment and let down of expectations.

Pisces are compassionate, charitable and will quickly put the needs of others ahead of their own. It's this kind of self-sacrifice that keeps these folks going. The flip side to their giving natures is that the oft-timid Fish are likely to be taken advantage of by less well-meaning souls.
Those born under this sign are spiritually oriented and charitable. They are compassionate, easily feeling another's pain. At times, however, Pisceans can have difficulty distinguishing fact from fantasy; they tend to get caught up in their dreams and views of how things should be. Pisces who fear that their pleas aren't being heard tend to lapse into melancholy and, worse, the kind of pessimism that leads to procrastination and lethargy. At times like this, Pisces would be wise to take time for themselves, the better to find their center once again.

I tend to always put others ahead of myself because I like to see people happy, I don't like disappointing people or see them disappointed so I will do everything in my power to bring the balance of energy back to the status quo. My problem is that I get very caught up in my thoughts of how things should be or why they can't be that way. I am working on being open minded but it is very easy for me to think my way out of a situation by giving it a happy ending but your happy ending that you make up for a problem will NEVER come to fruition. It will never end the way you have envisioned, it will either be better or worse, more likely worse because we tend to give more hope to situations then they have merit for but in the end it's about expectations and we can't have a thought be 100% right in our expectations. There will always be a let down.
Because Pisces are so emotional, I tend to get quite somber if I do something nice for someone and they don't say thank you or they don't appreciate the kind act. I don't do things for reward but without the acknowledgement it's easy for me to feel like I'm being taken advantage of and that highly effects my mood and energy. I all of a sudden feel bad abut myself. Whenever I get into that state I need a bit, whether it be an few minutes or a few days to find myself again. To find my happiness and positivity once again.

The Element associated with Pisces is Water. Those born under this sign easily relate to the emotional and unpredictable nature of this liquid gold. Pisces feel a great deal, and they also feel misunderstood much of the time. They're not quite pushovers, but they're certainly sensitive. Yes, they could cry you a river if the circumstances were right. Even so, they revel in their compassionate and imaginative natures and love to cater to others. Hopefully, any kindness will be reciprocated, because the Fish can certainly turn blue if they're not. Pisces are generally gentle, easy-going folk, who are on the shy and reticent side.
The great strength of the Pisces-born is their compassionate and charitable nature. These folks love to help others and do so in the most imaginative of ways. It's their feeling sensibility that wins people over.

I can be an emotional roller coaster at times, especially when I don't understand a situation or a persons attitude. This is where communication is key. We should always aim to understand one another, even if it is a view point that we can't relate to. Understanding takes away the unnecessary negativity and conflict but unfortunately most people who understand don't like the reality of the situations,
I shy away from confrontation and uncomfortable situations because of what it does to my personal energy and will do almost everything in my power to diffuse a tense situations, because I feel no need for those kind of reactions and at times will appease until the other party has calmed down. If you try speaking rationally with a person who is acting irrationally, you will escalate the situation and close the doors to understanding as well. I know when to use my easy going and passive side, not as a weakness but as a tool to give myself and others understating.

My goal in life is to be a compassionate and understanding person. To feel for others when I cannot understand and to give patience to those who require it. It's incredible how clear you can think in times of calmness but how easily that is torn apart in moments of frustration.
I like my star sign. I wouldn't want to be another way. At times, I may not be able to handle the ups and downs of my current but at least I'm riding the waves. I can look back and see where my struggles were along the stream and I can appreciate the journey it takes to get to those calm waters. I accept that this is the nature at water and hope that I can gain the tools to go with the current instead of fight it.

Are you like your star sign?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Chocolate is EVERYONE's best friend

  Just for a little bit longer I'd like to focus on diet and recipes, I don't have too many more so don't worry ;). The next one I'd like to share is chocolate. What girl doesn't like chocolate? I don't, or at least not the conventional chocolate that is so sweet and contains so many unnatural and unnecessary ingredients. Sure, you can go organic but who can afford $7 for a chocolate bar? Especially in this day in age where inflation is not being properly balanced and food is getting more expensive but wages remain the same. I didn't just want to make home made chocolate with sugar and milk but I wanted a bare, basic and simple recipe that would take hardly no time but most importantly it had to taste good. If it doesn't taste good you're just always going to go back to that habit, that thing that tasted the best in your mind so I wanted to replace that craving with a healthy one.

We all know the great benefits of coconut oil. Here is some to list a few:

-In cooking as a great oil with a high smoke point. Great for baking, stir-frys or as a dairy free replacement to butter.
-Taken supplementally for daily energy
-As a coffee creamer when emulsified into coffee (The only way I’ll drink coffee)
-On the skin as a basic lotion
-In homemade lotion bars for soft, smooth skin
-In homemade deodorant or deodorant bars
-As an eye-makeup remover
-As a cloth diaper safe diaper cream (just rub on baby’s bottom)
-In making your own Remineralizing Toothpaste
-To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
-To prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
-To support healthy thyroid function
-In homemade Mayo without the high PUFA vegetable oils
-To help increase sun tolerance and avoid burning
-As a naturally SPF 4 sunscreen

Is there anything this stuff can't do? What an incredible product. I think we really need to draw inspiration from simpler times and use/incorporate the natural, holistic things that were available and coconut oil is a great start!
I personally love this stuff and use it for a lot. If you use a lot like I do, I suggest buying online wholesale or at Costco. Just make sure you're buying organic, raw etc. Check the labels! I don't want to see anybody ripped off or scammed into buying a product that isn't natural because it is misrepresented.
I've made this recipe a couple times in the last month and I think I've figured out the perfect proportions:


3/4 cup coconut oil
3/4 organic dark cocoa powder
1/4 cup of stevia/krisda (all natural sweetner)
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon of salt

-Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat. If you don't have a double boiler, no problem, I don't either. I put a pot on the element with some water and place a metal bowl over top.
-Once the coconut oil is melted add the cocoa powder, stevia, honey and salt. Make sure you're using a nice dark organic cocoa powder. You can also use all honey or all stevia. I found that using all honey was very hard to mix in and adding all stevia made it too sweet. Make sure that you have the mix over heat for about 15 minutes, stirring and incorporating everything very well. If it's not properly incorporated the honey will sit on the bottom of the chocolate. After everything has been nicely mixed together, pour the chocolate onto a baking sheet lined with tin foil and pop it in the fridge to set. I just keep it in the fridge and break off a piece when I want. It has a toffee like consistency with a great chocolaty taste. Fee free to add anything you like, almonds, vanilla, orange zest or dried fruit, the combinations are endless! Easy, simple ingredients and what a treat I tell ya! Tell me please if you'd rather have a kit kat or aero after trying this.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Yes, I'll have a large pizza, hold the MSG!

  As of late I have been on this natural path of diet and lifestyle. The next few blogs will focus on food and recipes as I have a couple of good ones I'd like to share with you all. I'm not a chef but these few coming up are just too good to keep to myself. There are so many products that I love but just wouldn't eat or use because the ingredients were so processed and so unnatural. For me, food was very important because I wanted to eat what tasted good but that was also good for you. Ever needed a dictionary to read an ingredient list? Well no more! Say goodbye to all that junk because what I have found is that the natural is the best way, not only because of the benefit for your body but for your wallet too. I have found that I don't even enjoy eating out any more. When I do eat out, afterwards I am extremely thirsty. The amount of salt and MSG in foods is mind blowing, even in the highest quality and most expensive restaurants you find it laced with these two killers.
The first recipe I created was for pizza because my loved one absolutely adored pizza and would order it from dominoes. After a little research this is what we found (courtesy of foodbabe.com):

Hidden MSG in Pizza
I'm sorry but  I thought pizza was a pretty straight forward thing to make. I didn't think it would take all these ingredients to create something so simple. I just didn't feel right about him eating this so I did some hunting around the web and took inspiration from the simplest of recipes. In the end this is the recipe I came up with:

Mix:
1 package of yeast
2 tablespoons of all natural sugar
1 1/2 cups of very warm water

Let that sit for 10 min with a cloth over the bowl.

Then mix in:
3 3/4 cups of multi grain flour
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of salt

Mix all together but do not over mix. spread and work dough out onto a baking sheet and voilĂ  the dough is done!!! Super easy and about a million times better then take out or ready made cardboard pizza shells from the grocery store.

For the sauce I've tried many things but the be all end all is:

1 5.5 oz can of tomato paste.
Add enough canned pizza sauce until you get the right consistency you like for the sauce.
1 tablespoon of oregano.
1 teaspoon of salt.
1 teaspoon of pepper.
1 teaspoon of garlic powder.
1 tablespoon of all natural sugar.

That's it! Sometimes I even add in some sriracha for a bit of a kick. Also be careful when buying tomato paste and tomato sauce, make sure the only ingredients are tomatoes and water as many of thee products have flavourings and other ingredients. Then all you do is add cheese (or no cheese) and all the toppings you want!!!
Bake on the middle rack for 25 min at 350 degrees. Turn on broil, put the pizza pan on the top rack for 3 minutes, turn the pizza around so that the other side also crisps up and broil for another 3 minutes. After all is said and done, you have a Delicious and healthy pizza. Your taste buds will notice the difference right away and instead of liking the pizza because of the MSG playing tricks on the mind, you like the pizza because it actually TASTES GOOD!
I can`t wait to share all my favourite recipes with you all. I want to see all my friends the happiest, healthiest and prosperous they can be, one recipe at a time.